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Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

I thought the Laugesen's lived in Monument. While it is certainly a gray area regarding regional issues, shouldn't they have more skin in the game if they are trying to influence the direction of Colorado Springs? You don't see me going to Monument to tell them how to vote for their local council.

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Posted by moderateguy on 03/16/2017 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Reader: Vote to keep our town moving forward

>Chuck Fowler in District 3 failed his neighbors during the Waldo Canyon Fire while working as manager of their homeowners association board.

What did he do?

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Posted by Matt 2 on 03/16/2017 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

As of reports filed 15 Mar, $338,090.98 has been spent in this campaign.

$206,022.17 of that record amount has been spent by Builders, Developers.

Jill Gaebler has received. $0 from Builders, Developers and CSF. (Zero Dollars)

Lynette Crow has received $55,257.00 from Builders, Developers and CSF.

Crow supporters are using DC political operatives to dig up dirt.

Gaebler supporters are promoting her record in office. Clean.

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/16/2017 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

Our most powerful developers, most notably Nor'wood Development, who owns Banning Lewis Ranch and much of the land in our downtown, will spend whatever it takes to buy the city council they need to put more of their development costs on the backs of our taxpayers and get an appointed utilities board that is NOT answerable to the ratepayers. This is an important election, please vote for candidates who will listen to you and are not answerable to developers and the Broadmoor.

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Posted by Jill D. Gaebler on 03/16/2017 at 6:47 AM

Re: “Colorado's mixed report on transgender issues

I am M2F transgendered and have been getting EXCELLENT care at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) for many years at both hospitals and Outpatient Clinics (OPC), even before the VA had an official policy on the matter.

I encounter Veterans at Palo Alto Division (main hospital) from as far away as Sonora, or even Nevada, who are there because the care there because the care they require is not available where they live hundreds of miles away. The VA offers travel reimbursement for the extra miles but not the extra time needed to make the round trip. All-in-all pretty good I'd say. Ms. Zabel should not be so critical of an organization, VHA, that provides excellent if not perfect care for us Veterans, transgendered and otherwise.

Posted by aNewDawn on 03/15/2017 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Public records laws don't always ensure a transparent government

In my own experience, the City routinely denies CORA requests and attempts to cite references to state law. The attorneys hope citizens will be intimidated by mention of CRS (Colorado Revised Statute) and the "" symbol. In one example this year, City attorneys denied a request citing a statute that later stated, when doing so they had to provide additional information that they did not do. The same reference to State law also had a later paragraph that specifically warned the information could not be denied in cases like the one I was seeking. My recourse? I had to prepare to sue and threaten to sue and the City relented. Had I gone to district court and lost, not only would I have had to pay my own court costs and legal fees, but also pay for the City attorneys' time who were loose in their interpretation of state law.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/15/2017 at 10:03 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

A hundred thousand is chump change when the right Council can provide the votes clearing the way to subsidies and continued looking the other direction on infrastructure quality in new developments which is what has gotten us into this infrastructure pickle. Six council members could provide a super majority on the Utilities board to help guarantee that other Utilities customers continue to pay the cost of utilities extensions in new development. Six council members could refer a ballot measure that would give control of Utilities to an unaccountable board they could help put in place. Six council members would provide a super majority to approve an amendment to the Banning Lewis annexation agreement that would shift the cost of development of approximately $1 billion from the developer to the taxpayers. Lastly, six Councilmembers could provide the tax dollars for City for Champions by approving Urban Renewal agreements that would siphon City dollars for the museum(s) or even revive the stadium concept with the right influx of local tax dollars. In summary, although the dollars spent on the City election make it difficult for an ordinary citizen to run for Council, when compared to the multimillion dollar boon it could and probably will provide to those backing the candidates, it is dollar for dollar a terrific investment.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/15/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

I am glad that District 6 Candidate Melanie Bernhardt has not taken developer money in this election. Win or lose, she is a candidate which is not beholden to any interests except the voters and I wish to invite them to view her forum of the issues. She responds to her inquiries personally and there are multiple ways one can reach her .

All this money flowing for, as you remind us, a small paying job is scary, and causes me to not trust the city council members who benefit from these large contributions. Melanie believe she can run her campaign without the big money donors, and relies on small donations to fund her and public word of mouth. Let your voice be heard.

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Posted by Ed Sanders on 03/15/2017 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Colorado Springs City Council: Choices for the future

Thank you for recognizing Don Knight's hard work for us the citizens! He has consistently supported the interests of those already invested in Colorado Springs.

The Gazette has backed Greg Basham, terming Don a micro-manager, but Don asks the questions that make our Citys organizations, like Utilities and Planning, more transparent. Add to that the Gazettes brand-new policy of not publishing letters of support after endorsing a pro-developer slate and it gets a little strange.

Basham has publicly pledged support to fast-tracking development. Development interests have donated more than $30,000 to his campaign. He claims that Don has no business experience, but Dons extensive resume as an AF officer, plus a decade in business development, is ideal he understands how to grow business, and knows that big government has trouble listening to citizens voices. Don is supported by ordinary citizens, the Firemens Union, and Utilities. His much smaller $5,000 campaign fund reflects this grassroots backing.

We need more housing, but the citys unswerving goal of Infill without sufficient standards is creating overcrowded spaces and structures that blight the community and do not serve our long-term interests. We need development interests that are pledged to improve our city, not just build more units.

Posted by BVan on 03/15/2017 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Richard Skorman maligned by dark money group in City Council race

Anschutz is trying to bury Skorman for standing up for citizens and against the Broadmoor's land grab of city park land at the mouth of Cheyenne Canyon.

We don't want a City Council owned by Phil Anschutz.

Vote for Skorman, Gaebler and Avila ...

Greg Walta

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Posted by Greg Walta on 03/15/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Nearly $73,000 in dark money flows into Colorado Springs city election

There appears to be an direct, or indirect link between Percipient Strategies, Washington, D.C. and the CORA inquiry seeking information on Jill Gaebler and Helen Collins - all part of the estimated $280,000.00 spent to date to fund this campaign; 68% from CSF and the Development Community. A fair amount dedicated to nasty, mud-slinging trash that most people would not want to be a part of. But - you go DeDe!

Here is a thought:

What if that $280,000.00 had been spent on research to better acquaint candidates on the full background, financial impact and implications of needs impacting the region? To date, each of the challenging, Big Money candidates have declared they are the answer to taking care of public safety - infrastructure - and economic development! Where are the detailed step by step detailed action plans developed by each of the Big Money Candidates for they will use to solve these problems?

Judging by the fluff and mudslinging - keeping the current council members seated and voting against Crow-Iverson, Basham, Fowler and Hendrix would be prudent?

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Posted by Robert Gentry on 03/15/2017 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Richard Skorman maligned by dark money group in City Council race

The Colorado Springs Gazette is Dishonest Media.
The Crooked Laugesen Family are paid by the GOP to manipulate.

The republican leaves the board of commissioners to head up Springs Forward so another republican is placed into the seat. Kathy Loo given subsidies for building downtown.

The GOP money even feeds the local libertarians who foolishly follow GOP paid operatives who claim they are just activists trying to make everyone equal. They are all about their own cash flow and not about the town or the people.

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Posted by TruB on 03/15/2017 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Judge Gorsuch has ties to Anschutz, NYT reports

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) also has ties to Anschluss.

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Posted by Jim Bensberg on 03/15/2017 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Reader: A reminder that Doug Lamborn is not representing the people

Put a $100 bill in an envelope and send it Lamborn. I'm sure that will get you in the door for a meeting with him. Another $100 might help him listen to you as well.

Sorry, but cynicism is a form of realism. In this case, the reality is that he doesn't give a whit about anyone but his donors.

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Posted by Bill W. on 03/15/2017 at 10:20 AM

Re: “YouTube sensation Shane Koyczan transmits hard-to-hear messages

Simply succinct interview.

Posted by Anne-Marie Silbiger on 03/15/2017 at 4:13 AM

Re: “UPDATE: Nor'wood working land swap deal with the city

Amazing, 301 Cimino Dr. went from $270,000 to $904,000 in less than 4 months? Meanwhile, 25 and 125 Cimino dropped by almost $1,000,000? And these parcels were donated to the city by David Jenkins in December are now being traded back to him? What am I missing here? What's going on?

Does Jenkins get two tax deductions, one for donating the parcels to the city and another for trading a 'lesser' value properties back to the city? Real estate folks, what don't I understand? This smells to me, and it seems some of the stink is coming from the appraisers office.

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Posted by leloupe on 03/14/2017 at 9:11 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Nor'wood working land swap deal with the city

Bill Murray is my hero.

There may be some good reasons the city is swapping a couple large pieces of land for one little piece of land, but I am so tired of the frickin' (can I use that word?) patronizing reasons and bogus "assessments" that are fed to the citizens of this city.

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Posted by Elle Ameno on 03/14/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Al Gore continues to build an army, battle climate change denial

Al Gore should organize another Democratic vote by scientists, what was the last - 95% of the scientists who knew nothing about climate voted with ignorant blind faith in worship of the few who professed to understand climate

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Posted by Vic Newman on 03/14/2017 at 8:42 PM

Re: “Al Gore continues to build an army, battle climate change denial

Al Gore is Trumped lately, perhaps he should organize another Democratic vote where 95% [?] of scientists who know nothing about climate in blind faith worship the few scientists who say they understand climate

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Posted by Vic Newman on 03/14/2017 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Richard Skorman maligned by dark money group in City Council race

Chuck Fowler taking a stand for Colorado Springs taxpayers? Now that is rich. Fowler's "City Committee" echoed repeatedly the need for growth in revenue for the City to keep solvent, yet he went to Denver to testify in support of City for Champions whose financing plan would swallow up the growth (in tax increment financing) he says is so vital and apply that growth on projects his endorsers and his campaign financiers back. And the Gazette's connection to the shadow political operative efforts through the editorial page editor and his wife should make any weighing in they do on these issues null and void by those with any sort of critical eye. Some of the most repulsive elements crawl out of their cockroach nests during campaigns.

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Posted by Joel C. Miller on 03/14/2017 at 4:22 PM

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